This past Saturday marked the 2nd running of Colour Me Rad in Vancouver but probably (hopefully!) not the last. Here are the top 5 reasons you should be either sad and full of regret for missing it or counting your lucky stars for being able to take part in this sold out event:
5) The organizers have very good karma and don't mind sharing with you: How else can you explain the weather on Saturday? The weather this past week has been very typical of October in Vancouver-rainy, cold and blah. But somehow, when that coloured cornstarch started flying, the sun came out! No rain and warm temperatures, love it.
4) Great swag: The typical race has that typical t-shirt that you will never wear and/or you will send directly to the thrift shop. Not so with Colour Me Rad. Not only did I score a sweet, soft cotton tshirt that I plan to wear over and over again but I came home with a pretty sweet pair of shades! The merch tent had many options including but limited to shirts, knee socks, stickers for reasonable prices too.
3) Fun for everyone: There were runners, walkers, kids, people with canes, people in costumes you name it, they were there. Every participant seemed to have a perm-grin too! Three generations of my family (ages 5-50 something) and everyone, even my non-athlete husband said it was a lot of fun and are already looking forward to next year. Can't say I've seen that at most events!
2) Behaviour that is generally frowned upon is encouraged: Ever wanted to throw cornstarch at a fellow runner? Or lay down in the street and make powder angels? Break into a random dance? I saw all of this and more on Saturday and it only fed the atmosphere of joy. Definitely a nice break from the every-race!
1) Good bye PR anxiety: A lot of runners (myself included) worry about not hitting that personal record and it's ruined many a run. Contributing to the fun atmosphere is the fact that Colour Me Rad is not a timed event. That's right: no timing chip. No clocks. Awesome. And according to the guy with the mic, if you ask about your time, expect a punch in the esophagus. How's that for incentive?
Yup, Colour Me Rad is rad. The merch tent is rad. The course is rad. So is the after party. Do yourself a favour and make sure you add this one to your list of "must do" races. For those of you who were there, would you do it again?